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Ohio State rocks Michigan

By TIM BIELIK • Nov 24, 2018 at 9:20 PM

COLUMBUS — For Ohio State to have any shot to make it into the College Football Playoff, it had to start by beating Michigan.

The Buckeyes completed step one as they blew out Michigan in record-breaking fashion, 62-39, on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State has now won seven straight games against the Wolverines and has lost just once since 2003.

The 62 points Ohio State scored are the most it has had against Michigan in the long history of their rivalry. The Buckeyes scored 50 in 1961 and 1968.

Freshman receiver Chris Olave’s hands set up three of the biggest plays. He caught two first-half touchdown passes from Dwayne Haskins, his first TDs of his college career. Olave then blocked a Michigan punt in the third quarter. Sevyn Banks grabbed the punt out of midair and raced for the touchdown.

Haskins’ two TD passes to Olave were both 24 yards. His third TD toss of the first half went 31 yards to a wide-open Johnnie Dixon to stretch Ohio State’s lead out to 21-6.

Haskins finished the game with 318 yards passing and five touchdowns. He also broke the Big Ten records for most passing yards and passing TDs in a single season.

Ohio State’s defense held Michigan to just six points for most of the first half. Then Shea Patterson threw two touchdown passes six seconds apart. The second came after Demario McCall fumbled on a kickoff return, which Michigan recovered. A late OSU field goal made it 24-19 at halftime.

The Buckeyes grabbed control of the game in the third quarter when they outscored Michigan, 17-0. Mike Weber had a two-yard TD run after a Jordan Fuller interception, and Parris Campbell scored on a 78-yard run.

The 62 points Ohio State scored against Michigan are the most the Wolverines have given up ever in a regulation game. This year’s previous high was 24, which came in the Wolverines' Week 1 loss at Notre Dame.

A minute full of mistakes

Michigan and Ohio State combined for 18 points in the final 47 seconds of the first half. Every point was set up by a mistake by the other side.

A Damon Arnette pass interference on third down led to Patterson’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Nico Collins with 47 seconds left. McCall then fumbled a kickoff return. Michigan’s Nate Schoenle recovered and the Wolverines scored on the next play when Patterson connected with Chris Evans for a nine-yard score.

When Ohio State got the ball back, Michigan committed three penalties that set up Blake Haubeil’s 19-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, rescuing some momentum for the Buckeyes.

Haubeil’s field goal began a 20-0 run for the Buckeyes, which included Banks' blocked punt return.

Another OSU-UM record falls

In addition to Ohio State’s 62 points, the two teams combined for a 101 points, which is also an OSU-Michigan record. The previous record was set back in 2013 when Ohio State beat Michigan, 42-41, in Ann Arbor.

What’s next

Ohio State will return to the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. in Indianapolis where it will meet Northwestern (8-4).

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